V. K. Ramasamy (actor)

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V. K. Ramasamy
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Virudhunagar Kanthan Ramasamy

1 January 1926
Died24 December 2002(2002-12-24) (aged 76)
Occupation(s) Actor, Film producer
Years active1947–2002
SpouseRamani Ammal

Virudhunagar Kanthan Ramasamy (1 January 1926 – 24 December 2002) was an Indian actor, comedian and producer who was known for his versatility in various character roles, he played in Tamil films from 1947 and 2001.



V. K. Ramasamy was born in Amaravilaa, Madras State, now Tamil Nadu on 1 January 1926 to Thangam Chettiar and Angammal. [1] The veteran character actor and comedian, was interested in acting since childhood joined Bala Gana Sabha of Ponnusamy Pillai. Ramasamy shot into prominence when, at the age of 21, he donned the role of a 60-year-old father of grown-up sons in Naam Iruvar (1947), first film of the AVM Films. "VKR" as the actor became known, did not look back since then. However, he always got to play only an elderly person throughout his career, which spanned over five decades in which he acted in over 500 films. In the 1960s and 1970s, Ramasamy acted with almost all leading actors including T. R. Mahalingam, M. G. Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Jai Shankar, Ravichandran, Muthuraman, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth.

Kamal Haasan mentioned veteran V.K.Ramasamy as one of the important persons (/ inspiration) in his life among 60 persons of his (Kamalhaasan) 60 year cinema career. He showed V.K.Ramasamy's image (along with other 59 important persons of his life who include Sivaji Ganesan, Gemini Ganesan, Rajnikanth, Nagesh and his guru K.Balachander) in Kamal Haasan's 60th year function ("Ungal Naan" function) at 17 November 2019, Nehru Auditorium, Chennai.

Rajinikanth has shared the profit of Arunachalam with eight producers as Guru Dhatchanai. V.K.Ramasamy is one among the eight producers of Rajinikanth's movie Arunachalam (film) and benefited with the profit share.

Both Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth showed their respect and love of the most senior actor of the film industry Mr.V.K.Ramasamy. Also Malayalam director Fazil has collaborated with V.K.Ramasamy in his Tamil movies such as Poove Poochooda Vaa, Arangetra Velai, Varusham Padhinaaru. Comedy actor Dr.Charle mentioned V.K.Ramasamy as his mentor in many interviews and stages, also submitted a chapter in his thesis about the V.K.Ramasamy's contribution of humor in Tamil cinema.

He was known for his dialogue delivery, especially as a villain or comedian. He was at ease playing any role and paired with the veteran comedienne, Manorama, to play some memorable roles in Tamil films. Peers always respected his old world values of discipline on the sets. In the later part of his career, Ramasamy produced over 15 films. Among his last films was Dum Dum Dum, that represents the fourth generation of Tamil cinema.

Personal life

He was married to Ramani and had two sons R. Raghu and Ravikumar. Raghu is a director who made films like Vigneshwar and Katta Panchayathu. [1]


He died on 24 December 2002, after a brief illness. He was 76. [2] The end came in the morning a day after VKR was discharged from the Government General hospital, where he had been admitted for a variety of complaints including hypertension, diabetes and cardiac problems.

Partial filmography


He acted in many number of films with Tamil film heroes playing the roles of comedian and supporting characters. [3]

1947 Nam Iruvar
1950 Digambara Samiyar Velayudha Pillai
1951 Singari
1952 Chinna Durai
1952 Parasakthi Narayana Pillai
1952 Panam N S Krishnan
1953 Azhagi
1959 Vaazha Vaitha Deivam
1959 Nalla Idathu Sammandham
1959 Ulagam Sirikkirathu
1959 Veerapandiya Kattabomman Ettayappan
1960 Ponni Thirunaal
1960 Sangilithevan
1961 Yar Manamagan?
1961 Panam Panthiyile
1962 Kudumba Thalaivan
1962 Bandha Pasam
1963 Dharmam Thalai Kaakkum
1963 Annai Illam
1963 Karpagam
1963 Paar Magaley Paar
1964 Muradan Muthu
1964 Pudhiya Paravai Ramadurai
1965 Neela Vaanam
1965 Kanni Thai
1965 Ennathan Mudivu
1965 Thaayum Magalum
1966 Madras to Pondicherry
1966 Nadodi
1966 Muharasi
1966 Mahakavi Kalidas
1966 Chinnanchiru Ulagam
1967 Kaavalkaaran Vaithilingham
1967 Pattanathil Bhootham Thangavel
1967 Ooty Varai Uravu Dharmalingam
1967 Vivasayee Chokki's father, a pawnbroker
1968 En Thambi Bharma Singaram
1968 Kudiyirundha Koyil Jaya's father Rav Bagavadhor Singaram
1968 Deiveega Uravu
1968Lakshmi KalyanamEagambaram
1968 Delhi Mapillai Lord Shiva
1969 Kanne Pappa Chinna Durai
1969 Anbalippu
1969 Ponnu Mappillai
1969 Aayiram Poi Chinna Durai
1970 Mattukkara Velan
1970 Veettuku Veedu Paranthaman
1971 Kumari Kottam Somu
1971 Veguli Penn Bhoopathy Raja
1971 Sabatham Rangaiah
1972 Kurathi Magan
1972 Dhikku Theriyadha Kaattil Constable
1972 Raman Thediya Seethai Siva Shankar
1972 Vasantha Maligai
1972 Sange Muzhangu Varagaswamy
1972 Pattikada Pattanama
1972 Pillaiyo Pillai
1973 Rajapart Rangadurai
1973 Baghdad Perazhagi
1973 Anbu Sagodharargal
1973 Pookkari
1973 Manipayal
1973 Jesus Malayalam film
1974 Urimaikural
1974 Thanga Pathakkam Gopalsamy
1975 Pattampoochi Vedhasalam
1975 Cinema Paithiyam Sivalingam
1976 Mayor Meenakshi
1976 Rojavin Raja
1977 Ilaya Thalaimurai Vanisri's Father
1977 Meenava Nanban Nagaraj
1978 Rudhra Thaandavam Lord Shiva
1979 Inikkum Ilamai
1979 Allavudeenum Arputha Vilakkum
1979 Kalyanaraman Samypillai
1981 Tik Tik Tik Sharada's father
1982 Auto Raja
1984 Jappanil Kalyanaraman Samikannu
1984 Unnai Naan Santhithen Sabapathy
1984 Nallavanukku Nallavan Sadhasivam
1984 Enakkul Oruvan Ulaganath
1985 Naagam
1985 Deivapiravi
1985 Uyarndha Ullam Nagapillai
1985 Poove Poochudava Viswanathan
1985 Aan Paavam Ramasamy Annan
1986 Vikram Minister
1986 Mouna Ragam Chandrakumar's boss
1986 Oru Iniya Udhayam Jithu
1987 Ayitham Malayalam film
1987 Rettai Vaal Kuruvi Maarka Bandhu
1987 Velaikkaaran Valayapathy
1988 Agni Natchathiram
1988 Therkathi Kallan Advocate
1988 Unnal Mudiyum Thambi Politician
1988 Dharmathin Thalaivan
1989 Varusham Padhinaaru Chinna thatha
1989 En Purushanthaan Enakku Mattumthaan Vatsala's father
1989 Pudhea Paadhai
1990 Arangetra Velai Nambi Anna
1990 Anjali
1990 Athisaya Piravi Chitra Gupta
1990 En Kadhal Kanmani
1991 Vasanthakala Paravai
1991 Gopura Vasalile
1991 Pondatti Pondattithan Inspector Rajendran
1992 Mannan Kushboo's Father
1993 Maharasan Paramasivan
1994 Pondattiye Deivam
1997 Minsaara Kanavu Guru's uncle
1997 Arunachalam Kaliaperumal
1997 Kalyana Vaibhogam Shanthi's grandfather
2001 Dumm Dumm Dumm Ganga's grandfather
2002 Kadhal Azhivathillai Old man on the opening scene


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